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Constable Parasram officially undertook the role of Equity and Diversity Officer with Halifax Regional Police in late September 2016, after serving in the role on an interim basis since April 25, 2015.
Cst. Parasram has been a police officer as part of the Halifax Regional Police Patrol Unit for six years. Prior to becoming an officer, he worked with at-risk youth in Halifax, applying his education in psychology and neurosciences (BSc, Dalhousie University). Cst. Parasram immigrated to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago as a child, growing up primarily in Dartmouth, but also spending time in Ottawa and Ajax, Ontario.
As Equity and Diversity Officer, Cst. Parasram’s primary responsibility is to ensure Halifax Regional Police best serves all citizens and communities. In the role, Cst. Parasram works with diverse communities and community leaders across the municipality to build relationships, enhance services and promote open communication. He also works with officers across Halifax Regional Police, informing policies and practices to ensure fairness and respect for all.
"Living in a multicultural society means we accept diversity as an integral part of our community life. We must give each other space to grow and create understanding, not only of norms that are acceptable to a society but also of the differences that enrich our lives," says Cst. Parasram.
Cst. Parasram’s long-held belief in community and public service shows, especially in his desire to foster understanding between diverse communities and the police. "Recognizing, acknowledging and respecting the strength that comes from our differences can promote inclusion, improve communication and cultivate trust. This benefits us all."
Cst. Parasram hopes to be visible among the diverse communities and welcomes any ideas that would lead to creating a more positive relationship between police and the various communities that make up our region. It is only through this kind of interaction that others within the police force would truly understand the beauty in our diversity.
Cst. Parasram encourages people to contact him with ideas around diversity and how we can work more closely with our diverse communities.
2003 Human Rights Decision Recommendations
As recommended in a 2003 Human Rights Decision, Halifax Regional Police hired two consulting firms - Das Management & Educational Services and Perivale + Taylor - to conduct a needs assessment of our current policies and practices on anti-racism education and diversity training.